Ciudad Vieja, Montevideo

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Located at the tip of a small peninsula protruding out of Montevideo, Ciudad Vieja, the historical center of the city, bustles with activity and houses a fascinating blend of modern and old architecture. The neighborhood also contains the city's port, an excellent open-air market, and several museums. You can find some of the best nightlife in the Uruguayan capital here, as young Montevideans flock to the center to party the night away. Make Ciudad Vieja a part of your Montevideo vacation plans using our Montevideo online tour itinerary maker .
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  • The Ciudad Vieja, as its name says, is the oldest part of the city, and where are the main sights (Plaza Independencia, Teatro Solís, Palacio Salvo, among others). For those who enjoy walking and save with shipping, is the best place to stay for those who love the nightlife, I don't recommend it, because the neighborhood is busy only during the day.
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  • I really liked the cultural institutions, shops and squares of the Ciudad Vieja. With a good map of the location (the hotels offer) you can visit a lot depending on the interest and taste of the tourist. Well served by buses and easy walk and find your way through the streets. I was attentive in the evening, I didn't feel very safe, but had no specific reason. Old buildings and needing restoration or renovation, which gives an idea of abandonment, but the buildings are amazing. On Sundays only via tourists out there, a lot of things closed, including some museums.
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  • The old town is very well kept, clean and beautiful! The architecture of the buildings is amazing and the preservation of the ancient pieces of the wall is amazing. The most important points in the history of Uruguay in Montevideo are on that part. You need to walk the streets and squares and admire the city. Some alleys hide pleasant plazas and even impressive constructions that are not in the guidebooks. For more tips and information about tours in Uruguay visit: my Muse blog
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Montevideo's central neighborhoods offer plenty of hostels for budget-minded travelers, as well as a good selection of mid-range hotels for visitors looking for a bit more space and privacy. Luxury rooms are harder to come by, especially if you arrive without a reservation. If you want to indulge your every desire, your best bet is the waterfront area, where you can find four- and five-star hotels offering all the modern amenities you need, including complimentary bicycles and car rental services.
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